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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-04-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-04-08

Set 1

Next Time You See Me
Playing In The Band
Beat It On Down The Line
I Second That Emotion
Sugar Magnolia
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Casey Jones

Set 2

Dark Star ->
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Jam ->
Not Fade Away
Sing Me Back Home
Cumberland Blues
Greatest Story Ever Told ->
Johnny B. Goode
Good Lovin' ->
Drums ->
Good Lovin'

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source 7" Betty Board Reel > PCM501ES analog out > Dolby A Decoder > Analog in PCMF1 PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 optical S/PDIF out > disk
Transferred by Transferred by Tim Deibert 9-16-02


* Sound Forge 6.0
* Hum and hum bursts due to equipment problems that night.
* Tuning and intersong banter at end of tracks.

notes from trailmix 3-25-07

WBOTB Project
these were wavs that Tim had backed up from the transfer in 2002. They were SBE fixed (by set), then encoded to flac16 (level 6). The process was repeated with identical results.
originally tracked for 3 discs, but fits on 2 with a little overburn

Known Flaws:

d1t09 dropout @ 1:11
volume raised @ 1:24
reel splice(?)@ 2:59

d2t01 dropout @ 6:26 (2 second dropout)
@ 14:49 ("Lady in velvet recedes in the night//the transitive nightfall of diamonds")

d2t06 reel change(?) @ 0:32


Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2013
Subject: DS>Stephen
Quality Phil and board here.
Reviewer: mddichard07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2011
Subject: great one for phil
IMHO this night and the one before it are 2 of phil's best performances from '70-'71.

he tears up the NFA>GDTRFB>NFA
Reviewer: jahknee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2011
Subject: Ned Lagin on Electric Piano?
I believe if you listen carefully (with headphones? Or just real loud) you can unmistakably hear a second keyboard(electirc piano) even during Pigs Organ forays, and certainly when Pig is NOT playin, as on Playin...and Ned did sit in with them on some select shows from this period...kinda neat to hear a two key sound unlike TC or Keith!
Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2010
Subject: Garcia'a Tone
Does it get any more beautiful during this period? This is the Dark Star God listens to!
Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2010
Subject: 71
solid 71 show, sound falters at points but overall sounds good, love hearing second that emotion, great jerry tune

solid first set and exceptional second set, great good lovin by pig
Reviewer: Jinglebell Rainbow - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2010
Subject: Off and On
A sloppy first set does have an occasional burst of energy here and there but overall nothing worth listening to twice and certainly not worth a down load. The second set however is a completely different story. A decent and at times intense Dark Star has the boys saying “let’s make up for the bad first set” and they rip through a great set of music. The low point being the still developmental G.S.E.T. which is not a great let down. Phil’s playing in the second set is magnificent actually Bobby too is turned way up on this one as the boys whip up great second set. Skip the first get the second.
Reviewer: magicastles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2009
Subject: Phil! Phil! Phil!
Get a band and go try to play bass like that now, I dare you
Reviewer: t-bone perkins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2008
Subject: good stuff!!
china>rider is smokin'!! as is the rest of the show - good rep of 1971 -thanks for this cleaned up version!sounds GREAT to me,I dont know what these folks are complaining about?
Reviewer: Chicagobest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2008
Subject: Won't Forget That Night...
I was at this show and the the one the night before. It was the only Dark Star I ever heard live. The Dead had just played long shows (5 hours??) in New York City prior to the two nights in Boston. They seemed tired on April 7 but a bit rested for April 8. I agree that April, 1971 may have been the best months for the Dead. I went to 3 shows that month and they blew me away.
Reviewer: HuaHinWharfRat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2008
Subject: Another work of art
I can't add much to what 'oh_uh_um_ah' has said apart from whole-heartedly endorsing this package. Any little flaws (see comments) merely make it more human. If I wanted perfection, I'd buy a stainless steel coffee table - if I wanted a work of art, I'd buy a wooden one and put up with any blemishes (knots) in the wood ...... if you know what I mean? The odd feedback squeak just adds to the 'live' flavor and makes it more real.

One to add to your collection (of favorites) if you know what I mean .....

Why I love Garcia (and the rest of them aren't bad either).

Thanks Tim.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2008
Subject: 7" Betty Board......Wow!
For a live recording in 1971:

5 stars = audio quality
5 stars = mix quality
5 stars = performance
5 stars = audio improvement through technology (it's a new category)

Okay it's 1971, things hum,and make strange noises from time to time and the mix isn't 100% perfect, but hey man it's the way it was in 1971.

Thanks to Tim Diebert we can all enjoy this show.
Thanks Mr. Diebert, you have improved the quality of my life.

The GRATEFUL DEAD were performing Magic on stage in April 1971, this show is proof of that Magic.
I like the sound of the GRATEFUL DEAD from April 71 the most. Garcia's guitar sound is incredible.

Garcia is in the right speaker, Bobby is in the left, Phil's sound is center, fat, round and crunchy. Billy's mix is left/center/right, a little behind everyone else, but still comes through. And the vocals are in between the guitars, and the drums.

From time to time...minor hum haunts the right channel.

Good Lovin' is a must have for all us Pigpen fanatics. *****

I highly recommend this show, and all the shows offered here by Tim Diebert.

To see a listing of all his shows on the IA, click his name (hyper link)where it says "keywords", and his shows will appear.

A regular smorgasbord of the GRATEFUL DEAD live.

Eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love.
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